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Old 09-18-2011, 08:00 AM
 
Location: SC
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Is it politically correct to pretend not to notice how all of America is dumbing down? It seems that even those who are supposedly "smart" aren't really so smart. Or perhaps they just don't care.


For those that would like to at least seem like they know what they are writing about here's an article from Slate Magazine that lists the most common mistakes made even by those who should know better. They include some of your favorites like "your" and "you're".

7 Grammar Mistakes that Make You Look Dumb | Work Goes Strong
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Old 09-18-2011, 08:11 AM
 
Location: 80904 West siiiiiide!
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THANK YOU! My God, those simple little things drive me insane! I constantly correct people all the time and they call me the Grammar Nazi.
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Old 09-18-2011, 08:44 AM
 
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I'm a horrible writer, but it's truly astounding to me that some people don't know the difference between "their" and "there" or "your" and "you're"
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Old 09-18-2011, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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It's a bit difficult to take someone seriously when they are rattling off statistics about homosexuals or the economy or writing a 1000 word monologue about the history of WW2 and they CONSISTANTLY make these types of errors.

Everyone makes mistakes. But it is obvious when someone just doesn't know any better.

*awaits someone to find the mistake(s) in this post
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Old 09-18-2011, 09:01 AM
 
Location: outside of Deroit
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my grammer sucks. I just want to get my thoughts out so fast before I forget what I'm trying to say. lol

Bad public school education.
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Old 09-18-2011, 09:03 AM
 
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This is 2011, the modern generation doesn't use the words "you're" -or- your are -or- your

it's "u r" -or- "ur"

I mourn the loss of good manners more then I do improper English....

But I guess some people need to feel superior to others so they fall back to criticizing other people's use of "proper" English language...
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Old 09-18-2011, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Texas
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This is 2011, the modern generation doesn't use the words "you're" -or- your are -or- your

it's "u r" -or- "ur"

I mourn the loss of good manners more then I do improper English....

But I guess some people need to feel superior to others so they fall back to criticizing other people's use of "proper" English language...

Are you kidding? I think the use of proper English, IS good manners. It's one thing to be able to "tweet" or "txt", and use the proper grammer/language necessary in those formats. It's also understandable to use "slang" when hanging w/ friends or in a certain social setting. However, the use of "proper" English in a formal or public setting is still not only accepted but encouraged.
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Old 09-18-2011, 09:12 AM
 
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i did not know that "its" is the possessive. live and learn. great link.
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Old 09-18-2011, 09:13 AM
 
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Are you kidding? I think the use of proper English, IS good manners. It's one thing to be able to "tweet" or "txt", and use the proper grammer/language necessary in those formats. It's also understandable to use "slang" when hanging w/ friends or in a certain social setting. However, the use of "proper" English in a formal or public setting is still not only accepted but encouraged.
Can one ask what generation you come from?

I'm sure some people from the Victorian Era felt the same way when women got the right to vote and women wore dresses that showed their ankles...
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Old 09-18-2011, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Minnesota
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Check out the Writing Forum of C-D. Alot of examples there. Very humorous aswell as informative.
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